Hairpin Lace is a technique I haven't yet had the privilege of trying - but it's definitely on the short list! One of these days I'm going to pick one up and master this fascinating technique.
This type of lace is made using a crochet hook and specialized loom. You make long strips, and then these strips are crocheted together. There are an infinite variety of ways that these strips can be joined. And that's how you get all the amazing projects made with this technique!
It was popular in Victorian times, and I think it's due for a comeback. For this roundup, I've included a beginner video and a link to the most complete tutorial on the web. And a list of free patterns that will have you adding hairpin lace to your own to-do list!
For a tutorial on how to make Hair Pin Lace using the Clover Hair Pin Lace Tool, click here!
15 Free Hairpin Lace Crochet Patterns
- Hairpin Lace Popcorn Scarf by Fatima Lasay, on Crochetology:
- Hairpin Lace Baby Blanket by Bernat Design Studio:
- Red Heart Hair Pin Lace Vest by Yarnspirations:
- Holcomb Farm Scarf by Beverly Army Williams, a Ravelry download:
- Red Heart Hairpin Lace and Flowers Scarf by Yarnspirations:
- #11a Mohair Hairpin Lace Shawl by Clover Japan:
- Woman’s Hairpin Lace Shawl by Coats & Clark:
- Hairpin Lace Scarf and Fingerless Gloves by Susanne W., a Ravelry download:
- Red Heart Waverly Place Throw by Yarnspirations:
- Calypso Hairband/Headband by Birgit Tüchsen, on ByNumber19:
- Hairpin Lace Infinity Scarf by B Hooked Crochet:
- Hairpin Lace Bookmark by Margret Willson, on Talking Crochet with Carol Alexander
- Hairpin Lace Mobius Wrap by Lion Brand Yarn:
- Hairpin Lace Neck Cuff by Jennifer Hansen, on Stitch Diva Studios:
- Convertible Wrap by Jennifer Hansen, on Stitch Diva Studios:
Have you tried any hairpin lace crochet patterns? Have any advice for those of us who haven't tried it before? I can't wait to find some time to really dig into this technique!
Be sure to check out and like the moogly Facebook page to get the latest updates, links, and sneak peeks. Moogly is also on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram – come join the fun!
My grandmother taught me how to make afghans this way. For the longest time, it was the only craft I could do. I didn't realize that if I could do that, I could crochet until a friend pointed out that I had been "crocheting" all along...
That being said, this is a very time consuming method. Hairpin lace afghans are given to every member of the family, and these afghans take much longer to make than a normal crochet afghan.
In the end, I believe it is worth it - they last for decades and are absolutely gorgeous!
One hint...do not buy the metal frames in the store. Have a frame made for you from wooden dowel rods. The yarn moves much better with the wood and doesn't tend to cause slips the way the metal frames do. You can also pick the thickness of your rods this way, rather than being stuck with one size.
Great tip Cassie! And I love your story, thank you so much for sharing it!
great tip with the homemade frame Cassie, which thickness do you recommend for afghan?
Why can I not find the popcorn hairpin lace pattern on here??.
It looks like the blog owner moved it or took it down. The internet archive link should work for a little while: http://web.archive.org/web/20140206183327/http://crochetology.net/2012/09/hairpin-lace-popcorn-scarf/
Very interesting would love to try this. Beauitful patterns